Modi's Republican buddy quits after fraud charges
A young Republican lawmaker who defied the US government's ban on Narendra Modi and reached out to the then Gujarat chief minister before going on to become the Prime Minister's best buddy in Washington has had to quit Congress following tax fraud allegations.
Aaron Schock (33) resigned from Congress on Tuesday after ethics questions about billing the government tens of thousands of dollars in mileage reimbursements he received for his personal vehicle. Media probe had revealed that he and his campaign had billed government for 170,000 miles on his personal car from January 2010 through July 2014. But when he sold the vehicle in July 2014, it only had 80,000 miles on the odometer.
Schock reimbursed the government after the expose but resigned without explaining the discrepancy, bringing to an abrupt end an energetic Washington stint, the highlight of which was his bold outreach to Modi when the latter was a virtual pariah in Washington.
Despite advice from the State Department regarding the visa ban on Modi, Schock reached out and met him in Gujarat in 2013 after consulting with Condoleezza Rice and determining the ban was not in US interest.